Canadian operator Rogers Communications has unveiled plans to power more than a million M2M connections by the end of this year and promised to launch a cloud-based data analytics offering over the same timeframe.
“Internet is the foundation for a truly digital world and as our lives become increasingly connected we will see an explosion of valuable data for businesses, governments, healthcare providers and consumers,” said Nadir Mohamed, the company’s president and chief executive. “As a business, we expect to surpass one million M2M connections before end of year. To position Canada at the forefront, we are making investments in networks, strategic partnerships, and big data and analytics platforms to build a robust ecosystem that will power a connected future for Canada.”
Speaking at a roundtable event at the Toronto Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre, Mohamed predicted that overall M2M revenues in Canada would hit $1 billion in the next three years, and that Rogers (Toronto, Canada) would grow its traditional M2M business by including big data and analytics, as well as professional and managed services, in its offering.
To help it realise the M2M goals, the operator has opened a new Wireless Innovation Centre in Toronto, where it is showcasing a number of applications involving its technology partners.
These include wireless asset tracking, wireless backup connectivity, digital signage, video surveillance, point of sale and data analytics applications.
Rogers is also demonstrating technologies that are already being used commercially by consumer and business customers, including ATMs, parking meters and GPS locating tools.
It expects those technologies to become increasingly popular in the healthcare, retail, transportation and energy sectors.
“The future of enterprise mobility is about bringing together connected, mobile devices with applications that allow crucial data to be gathered,” said Tony Olvet, the group vice president of market-research company IDC Canada. “Rogers is contributing to the advancement and growth of Canada's wireless industry by not only investing in network technology, but also resources to support and drive innovation.”
Rogers has already opened Wireless Innovation Centres in Montreal and Vancouver.